Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary, an internationally known glass artist, founded this one-of-a-kind collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC and TALKING HEADS, Skerik collaborator with PEARL JAM, Stanton Moore of GALACTIC, Captain Raab of RED EARTH, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.
Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Singletary thought of the name Khu.éex' because of the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music. This is the intent of Khu.éex', to present a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.
“They Forgot They Survived”, the second album by Khu.éex’, was released on triple vinyl in summer 2017 and was created at Avast Studios in Seattle with Randall Dunn (Engineer/Record Producer of the Cave Singers). This new album features Great Northwest Native storytelling driven by the pulse of funk/rock beats.
Khu.éex’ began with a chance meeting between Preston Singletary and the late Bernie Worrell through a campaign where Worrell was raising funds for a tour bus to bring the music to the people. Singletary invited Worrell to play at his birthday party, where Singletary sang Worrell a traditional Native song to welcome him. Worrell sat down at his keyboards and began improvising on the melody that was still lingering in the air. He created a spontaneous, psychedelic and soulful composition right on the spot which birthed a new direction in his music.
The next day Worrell asked Singletary’s band, “A Little Big Band” (a Native funk/soul band), to be the opening act for his show. After the concert Worrell shared with Singletary that he had several exciting ideas and that they should record together. An amazing union was formed and Khu.éex’ was created.
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